10 Plants That Shook the World Share this with a friend

The World of Tens series

by Gillian Richardson
illustrated by Kim Rosen

Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards, California Reading Association de Bary Children’s Science Book Award Green Book Festival Award Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist Cybils Award nomination

Dig up the amazing stories of the plants that have transformed our lives.

Plants might start out as leafy things growing in the earth, but they can come into our lives in unexpected ways. And believe it or not, some have even played an exciting role in history.

Discover how:
• Countries went to war over pepper
• A grass called papyrus made it possible to share knowledge through writing
• Cotton improved the livelihoods of a few, but caused unthinkable suffering for many more

The ten plants in this book are the source of profound changes in the world, both good and bad. Through vibrant illustrations and astonishing facts, you’ll discover that without them, our lives today would be vastly different.


“An intriguing and well-designed study of the ways plants have helped start wars, cure diseases, and advance technology.”
—Publishers Weekly *starred review, 03/13

“Incredibly well-researched and beautifully illustrated, 10 Plants that Shook the World is sure to pique everyone’s interest.”
—CM Reviews, 09/06/13

“An exceptionally readable book, full of interesting facts that are sure to engage the reader.”
—Resource Links, 12/13

“A great addition to any middle school library or classroom.”
—Canadian Teacher Magazine, 04/14

“Readers who took these plants for granted before may well not do so anymore.”
—Kirkus Reviews, 02/27/13

“Will be useful for reports and provide fun browsing and reading as well.”
—School Library Journal, 07/13

“The author adroitly weaves science with social studies in a format that always encourages readers to learn more.”
—Booklist Online, 05/1013

“A great resource and interesting nonfiction.”
—LiterariTea, 03/27/13

“Loaded with fascinating facts and stories about each plant.”
—Waterloo Region Record, 04/06/13

“This is education at its best; fun, exciting and a pleasure to read.”
—Edwards Book Club, 05/27/13

“The beautiful balance between straight expository (fact based) text, creative nonfiction, lists and artwork found in this book is rarely accomplished so well.”
—riverarunsthroughit.com, 05/09/13

“Set it out where kids will pick it up and soon they will be regaling you with new and fascinating bits of information.”
—Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 05/13/13

“This is the type of nonfiction book that will get students thinking in the right direction.”
—Examiner.com, 07/18/13

“An in-depth examination of the impact the plants have made on the world.”
—Reading Today Online, 07/29/13

“Has to intrigue even those most entrenched in the idea that botany equals boring.”
—Cybils, 10/27/13

“This nonfiction resource is at a reading level appropriate for ages 9-12, but with its surprising facts is a fascinating read for adults too.”
— Green Teacher, Winter/14

“A fascinating read … adults as well as students would surely find the information noteworthy and the back-stories compelling.”
—Christian Library Journal, 06/14